Alaska Airlines said Friday it began offering wireless Internet access on flights between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska.

Alaska Airlines said Friday it began offering wireless Internet access on flights between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska.

The airline said the service provided by Aircell will be free until Aircell completes a network that includes southeast Alaska later this year.

The airline said passengers with Wi-Fi devices can browse the Web, send and receive e-mail, and connect to virtual private networks.

The Gogo system is already available on Alaska Airlines flights in the lower 48 states for $4.95 and up per flight, with prices varying on the length of flight and the type of wireless device.

The airline is a unit of Seattle-based Alaska Air Group Inc.